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 Post subject: 1965 Honda S600 Fastback coupe, first restoration project
PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 6:09 pm 

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Hi guys, I've learnt of this forum from a friend of another forum, who happens to own a Datsun 240Z. I managed to find a really hard to find car on the Internet and without hessitation, I placed booking for this car. I've settled the amount with the seller at 10,000 Malaysian Ringgits (equilavent to 2500-2800 US Dollars)

This is what I managed to find from the seller. Seems like the seller bought a whole lot of classic cars from the ex-owner, who was in his 60s. The car registration card was still in its old format, most likely that the car has been owned by the previous owner for over 30 years now. I bet it was a reluctant sale. The 60 year old guy's son was probably not keen in restoring a classic. The middleman seller bought his bunch of Fiat 500, Austin Mini Cooper 1275GT, some other older Mercedes and along with this Honda S600 for a bulk price I bet. The 60 year old's wife was definitely so happy with the bulk purchase. She had the chance to get the moss collected under the cars for years cleaned up by her maid.

Anyways, the middleman seller advertisde the car for sale. I only got to know about the car 4 days after advertisement date and decided to call the seller about it. He said, had I not called, he would have changed his mind and kept the car for himself for restoration. He did say, that there are probably less than 10 surviving examples of this car on the road. I knew that much about this car, as it resembled the Honda S800 race car I owned in Gran Turismo. The front of the car looked like the S800 minus the grill that says (H). This is the first time for me to restore a car, it is in a mess, but still very much able to be dealt with. Here's pictures of the car


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 6:54 pm 

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Best of luck, looks like an Australian market car, due to the split turn/brake light taillightss.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:45 am 

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thanks mate, could possibly be a JDM spec. i am sure that the american spec had twin tail lights. i wonder if its possible to source the left light. it looks different than on the right, which i think its the original


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:00 pm 

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Well, there was no "American Spec", as the old S-series cars were never sold in the USA. JDM cars had solid all red tails. I'm sure if you're patient, a replacement split color lense will pop up somewhere (try searching Japan Yahoo Auctions, lots of S-car parts on there).


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:32 pm 

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Looks good wish i had this in my parking space( :( :( dont have a garage)


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 11:28 pm 
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Welcome to JNC!

Just curious, but what do you mean there are 10 or less on the road? S800 Coupes?

Anyhow, contact Brian at www.formulah.com. He can help you locate any part you might need.

Good luck and keep us posted on your progress!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 3:48 am 

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10 or less on the road for the honda s600 in general, in malaysia that is, probably much more elsewhere in the world, but naturally being this rare. i think the would naturally appreciate


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 6:27 am 
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nice find kev!!

hope to see your progress soon...

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 Post subject: niceee
PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2009 12:48 am 

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i wish i could find one some day. nice project


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2009 7:49 pm 

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thanks guys, i might be misinformed. the car is actually manufactured in 1967 according to the registration card and was on the road february 1968.

anyways, the car has arrived in my mech's place. he specialises older carburetor based engines rather than current EFI engines.


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look at how the 60's car dwarfed compared to the 00's , but still a good comparison that cars has growned up a lot


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:19 pm 

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Dude, that is super awesome!

Good luck on the restoration. :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 7:38 pm 

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kev84 wrote:
thanks guys, i might be misinformed. the car is actually manufactured in 1967 according to the registration card and was on the road february 1968.



Can't be a 67, Honda stopped making the S600 in 66. Probably what happened was, it was a new leftover 66 sold in 67, thereby titled as a 67.

If you're OK with posting the VIN number, I can tell you exactly what year it was made.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:00 pm 

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So how is this all going then? Anymore pictures then?


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2009 6:52 pm 

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new pics of the honda s600

taken by nikon d80 dslr

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rear shot
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rear window with rubber lining
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front windscreen with chrome bits and rubber lining
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glove compartment
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center dash with volt meter and fuel gauge
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rev + speedometer. notice its in miles and 11,000rpm clock
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old school 2 point seatbelts tk-800 by takata kojyo
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driver to the left view
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rear boot view
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side profile
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original 5 spoke steel rims with missing hub caps
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honda s600 engine, modified with datsun 120y carb bracket
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left view of the honda s600 engine
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honda s600 front view
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honda s600 bonnet front view
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honda s600 badge
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honda s600 front bonnet

heres the pics of the car


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 1:34 am 

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smithenhiven wrote:
kev84 wrote:
thanks guys, i might be misinformed. the car is actually manufactured in 1967 according to the registration card and was on the road february 1968.



Can't be a 67, Honda stopped making the S600 in 66. Probably what happened was, it was a new leftover 66 sold in 67, thereby titled as a 67.

If you're OK with posting the VIN number, I can tell you exactly what year it was made.


possibly that, or the car was brought in by a british expat since it had miles per hour gauge on the car.

heres the VIN

AS285C - 1001304


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 2:37 am 

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Looks like you got a lot of work on your hands


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 4:59 am 

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yeah, judging from that, its gonna be a few months or half a year to get the car ready. havent even tried starting up the engine


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 3:09 am 

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arrival of the quad keihin side draft carburetor from land of oz!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 3:25 am 

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got the blank keys today, ilco brand from canada for honda

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:10 am 

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sorry if pics didnt worked, reuploaded to another site


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